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A year of integrating technology in primary – toys, straws, and birdfeeders

Student's toy plane

This resource describes how a primary teacher integrated the technology learning area throughout a year’s programme.

It provides examples of interesting ways to integrate learning about components in the technology learning area with learning in other areas.

You could explore these examples with your colleagues or on your own to develop ideas for teaching strategies.

Tea and toys

Toy plane made by Erin for Allie

The focus for this unit of work was the technological practice strand.

The simple exercise of making a cup of tea was used to introduce the students to three components – brief development, planning for practice, and outcome development and evaluation.

Initially, the students interviewed the teacher as a stakeholder and found out what attributes were required for her perfect cup of tea. A class brief was developed.

The students also watched “The making of black” and discussed the attributes required for the All Blacks rugby jersey.

The students then went home and developed a brief and made a drink chosen by their parents. The students' learning was supported by providing a framework where they recorded the attributes of the drink, the resources required, and the time line. Parents were asked to give feedback on the outcome.

This simple exercise provided a foundation to discuss with students the technological process. Students could see that developing a technological outcome requires discussions, planning, and resourcing to meet stakeholder requirements.

Students used their understanding of technological practice and went on to making a toy for their reading buddy using recycled material.

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